The fact that it took the protagonist of the series less than a thousand years to solve this puzzle does his character credit.
The first thing that stands out Yu Gi Oh ! protagonist Yugi Muto is her shock of physics-defying tricolor hair – bushy and crimson tipped in the back, gelled into long, spiky blonde bangs in the front. If you can take your eyes off his anime-tastic mane long enough, you’ll notice this pint-sized protagonist is wearing a very unusual and painful pendant around his neck.
Assuming this puzzle is solid gold, Yugi must have neck muscles like a horse.
– Single Retriever (@SoleRetriever) March 20, 2021
The iconic puzzle design has held a high place in the minds of fans for years now. Could we, if we are given the same opportunities as Yugi, solve the millennium puzzle and unlock a tall, nervous alter ego with a penchant for card games? Well, now we’ve had a chance to find out, thanks to model kit company Bandai, who released a kit to make your own Millennium Puzzle this year as part of their Ultimagear line.
Dear 3,850 yen (US $ 33.88), the model was recently reissued after incredible sales. The puzzle does not necessarily require adhesive or paint; you should theoretically be able to take the pieces out of the plastic frames and combine them to create your own bulky piece of jewelry. Despite its alleged level of difficulty, it should be suitable for newcomers to plastic model building.
▼ This puzzle is plastic, not gold, and does not promise to unlock alternate characters wearing eyeliner.
We nervously stretched out our beginner’s hands and stared apprehensively at all those plastic sheets. Buried within the gnarled frames were 80 individual pieces of plastic, and each had to be arranged with meticulous care in order to produce a perfect pyramid.
Our first task was to free the pieces. Sweating lightly, we removed each with all the precision of a character in a survival game by pressing a needle to trace a pattern on a caramel disc.
This part of the process is where we combine the pieces to create the 33 separate puzzle pieces that Yugi put together to create the puzzle. There are numbered sections to assemble and the instruction manual provides a full step-by-step explanation, so even those new to plastic models like us managed to end up with 33 beautiful parts after an hour and a half. of meticulous work.
This is where we have to use our brains because the instruction manual refuses to offer more help. Like Yugi, you have to figure out how to place the puzzle pieces on your own. This aspect is even advertised on the box in two languages!
We couldn’t help but laugh, now that we had all 33 pieces in front of us. It took Yugi about eight years to complete this puzzle, didn’t it? Pah! We could probably do it in eight hours. These things are never as harsh as the packaging makes them think. And true enough, we first identified the corner pieces and started filling in the gaps from there.
▼ This is obviously the top part because there is a place to put a chain on so you can wear it as a pendant (for whatever reason).
And these are obviously the corner pieces.
We added room after room to the pyramid, feeling stunned by our rapid progress. Yugi, fool! It’s such a simple process that a child could do it in an afternoon! As our inner monologue reached the levels of Maximillian Pegasus contempt, we stopped dead.
So, uh …
Wait… Where does the next room go…?
We had made steady and confident progress, but now none of the remaining pieces seemed to fit well… nor did they seem able to even create a shape that would finish the pyramid. We tried to deconstruct the puzzle to find our mistake and rebuild it again, realizing that there were many potential roads to build a base. Some parts could be implemented and then turned slightly to facilitate more parts.
Remembering that in the anime Yugi completes the puzzle with the iconic “eye” piece, we tried to work backwards from that…
Yeah, no luck there either. We destroyed and rebuilt our puzzle over and over again, completely absorbed.
We finally reached a point where we only had a handful of coins left… and then got stuck again. So close !
By now we had completely given up on solving it in eight years. Maybe after a thousand years we would have it. So we went to look on the official site to try to find a solution … Where we were greeted by this disturbing message.
What a warning! It was like the type of cheat message that appeared when trying to cancel a subscription service. After a thorough internal review, we decided that we didn’t want to go wrong on our own, so we closed the window and returned to the puzzle. Maybe it will take us eight years, or a thousand, or (more realistically) somewhere in between …